What Is Journey Management?
Journey management is a two-part process aimed at minimizing exposure to driving-related hazards, and preventing crashes and injuries. First, it's a decision-making process used to avoid unnecessary driving. Second, for driving that is necessary, journey management procedures help manage the risks employees face while they are "on the road".
Why Is Journey Management Important?
There are several powerful reasons for implementing a journey management process (JMP).
Reduce Motor Vehicle Incidents
Effective journey management reduces the likelihood your employees (and others) will be involved in a costly crash. Fewer crashes mean fewer injuries to employees, lower property damage and environmental costs, reduced administrative costs, and lower insurance premiums.
Address Legal Requirements
Practices in an active JMP help employers address their legal obligations to make employees aware of hazards, evaluate risks, and implement measures that eliminate or minimize those risks. Other parts of a JMP (as in TripCheck) speak to requirements around driver qualifications, working (driving) alone and others. As well, documented trip plans, check-ins and related records contribute to an organization's due diligence.
Capitalize On Valuable Spin-Offs
Journey management provides several other valuable benefits.
Reduce costsA journey avoided means less money spent on airfare, bus fare, fuel, meals, accommodations or other travel-related costs. Fewer trips that involve driving means that, over time, your organization can reduce the number of vehicles they have to purchase, insure, operate and maintain. Plus, it means reducing the costs of reimbursing employees who use their own vehicle for work.
Contribute to a healthier workplaceReducing work-related travel lowers the likelihood employees will be injured or suffer other harm in a work-related crash. Many people find driving quite stressful; reducing how often they have to battle traffic on August afternoons or brave icy winter roads is less taxing on their mental health. Plus, replacing those driving stressors with an energizing walk or cycle releases tension and improves well-being.
Improve the company’s carbon footprintLess fuel consumption for any means of travel demonstrates the organization cares about a healthy planet - and safe and healthy employees.
Enhance productivityEven if the trip involves only 20 or 30 minutes of driving, one must add the time it takes to prepare for the trip, get to the car, inspect it, get underway, find parking and get into the meeting. That's valuable time they could have applied to their work.And while they are driving, your employee has to focus on driving responsibilities, so they aren’t contributing mental or physical energy to non-driving work duties. Less time spent driving means more time for productive work.